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Kenny - Prostate Cancer (and Multiple Myeloma)

Kenny - Prostate Cancer (and Multiple Myeloma)

Kenny Green was recently treated for prostate cancer at the SCCA Proton Therapy Center, but it’s just one of the many challenges he has overcome in his remarkable life. He survived prostate cancer, spent ten years on dialysis before receiving a kidney transplant, and still lives with multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects white blood cells. Through it all, Kenny has lived life to the fullest and taken on many roles: musician, popular local DJ, and devoted husband of 47 years to his wife, Celeste.

Jeff - Prostate Cancer

Jeff - Prostate Cancer

Jeff – Spokane graphic designer, photographer, and softball umpire – has been pretty healthy his entire life. But then his PSA began to rise and he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Jeff did research and eventually settled on proton therapy.

Suzanne - Breast Cancer Recurrence

Suzanne - Breast Cancer Recurrence

Suzanne chose proton therapy for a recurrence of her breast cancer. She recalls meeting with Dr. Fang: "'She said, 'Of course we can do this. Proton therapy will allow us to best minimize the amount of overlap with your prior radiation.' I was so, so happy to hear that."

Dawn - Lung Cancer

Dawn - Lung Cancer

Towards the end of 2017, Dawn – an HR expert who loves Zumba - felt like she was fighting a respiratory illness and went to see her nurse practitioner, Catherine Ramsey, at UW Medicine. Ramsey believed it to be a mild case of pneumonia but ordered a CT scan to confirm. The CT scan showed a small tumor on Dawn’s lung. Dawn was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma.

Bob - Prostate Cancer

Bob - Prostate Cancer

Bob has been a bowler all his life, and was even a bowling champion. So he was in good physical shape when he learned of his prostate cancer diagnosis at age 75. His urologist recommended he go with proton therapy for minimal side effects.